Sunday, June 19, 2011

New flood threat in southern Saskatchewan: Canada

The release of rising waters from reservoirs along the Souris River is threatening to flood homes near Estevan, Sask., residents say.

The danger comes on the heels of a torrential downpour in southern Saskatchewan on Friday that led to a state of emergency in Weyburn and flooded streets in Regina and Saskatoon.

The storm raised levels on reservoirs along the Souris, forcing provincial officials to release water from the Rafferty dam to ease the pressure, and that could mean trouble for people living downstream.

Guy Mehler, who feared the outflow would consume his house near the Souris River not far from Estevan, made one desperate telephone call for help and was grateful when more than a dozen neighbours and friends showed up with enough equipment to build an earthen wall nearly two metres tall around his home. (read more)